International Undergraduate Admissions

International Admission

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Natascha Ometto

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One of the best things about HPU is the Career Services Center, which I find is very useful. They assist students with getting internships and finding business contacts. They also set up meetings with well-known companies who need new employees so I could meet with business people face-to-face. I got an internship at Sheraton Waikiki as the Front Office Manager, which was a good experience for me because Hawaii has the best travel industry in the world.


English Requirements for International Students

All undergraduate international students must satisfy the English proficiency requirement by completing one (1) of the following requirements:
  1. Graduate from a high school in the United States, or a high school equivalent from the list of countries below or;
  2. Earn a minimum score as stated in the table below or;*
  3. Enroll in an ELS program and complete Level 112**

*ALL scores may not be more than 2 years old.

Name of Test Score Writing Score
TOEFL (IBT) 80   AND 20
TOEFL (PBT) 550   AND TWE 4.0
TOEFL (CBT) 213   AND 20
IELTS 6.0 overall   AND 5.5
Pearson Test of
  English Academic (PTE)


Name of Test Score
(CR and CW total)
(Writing total)
Higher Level in English
(Language A)
Standard Level in English
(Language A)


Recognized Form Requirement
USA High School Diploma Complete 2 years of high school studies in the United States 10th grade and above, not including ESL courses.
College or University Studies  Completed 1 year of post-secondary study at an accredited college or university in the United States, Canada or in a country where the primary language of instruction is English. Must have completed an English course equivalent of HPU’s WRI 1100 with a score of C or better, and must not be online.
Norway A grade of 4 or better in English class from high school.
Sweden A grade of MVG in an English class from high school.

List of Countries:

Antigua Australia Bahamas Barbados
Belize Bermuda Canada (not Quebec) Dominica
Fiji Grand Cayman Islands Grenada Irish Republic
Jamaica Malawi New Zealand Singapore
St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent & Grenadines South Africa
Trinidad & Tobago United Kingdom Virgin Islands

Academic Foundation Program

Academic Foundation Program Score
Entry Requirement TOEFL IBT: 61-79
IELTS: 5.5
ELS Pass Level 109       
Structure 1 Semester

3 English for Academic Purposes Courses and 1 HPU course (From a pre-selected list)

Upon successful completion 12 general education credits will be awarded towards degree at HPU

* Students may be required to take the HPU Writing Placement Test and may be asked to provide additional documentation such as recommendation letters or an interview.

Note: Students applying for the Visiting Student Program at HPU are required to submit written proof of their English proficiency. Please check the application requirements of the program you are applying for.

Hawaii Pacific University
International Admission
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

Tel: +1 (808) 544-0238
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065